McKendree University Students to Perform ‘Love/Sick’ Nov. 5-7

(LEBANON, Ill., October 26, 2021) – McKendree Theatre proudly presents ‘Love/Sick,’ a collection of nine vignettes that explore what it means to be in love. The curtain will rise for three performances, Nov. 5-7 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on campus. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday’s matinee starts at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is free for McKendree students, faculty and staff. Other tickets are priced at $5, and reservations are recommended. Contact the Hett box office at 618-537-6863 to reserve seats. In accordance with COVID-19 protocol, masks are required for audience members at all times. At this time, McKendree Theatre is also planning to stream the show online.

Playwright John Cariani’s ‘Love/Sick’ is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays, all of which explore the pain and joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, ‘Love/Sick’ is a whimsical unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.

“This is a show about love and the challenges that come with relationships. In the nine scenes that make up the show, we see couples at different stages from ‘love at first sight’ to a meetup long after the lovers have separated,” said Michelle Magnussen, director. “I chose this show because it doesn’t have the standard ‘happily ever after’ storyline that is so common. The couples we see onstage are facing difficulties in their relationships and we don’t really know what will happen to them. Some might be on their way to a stronger connection; some might not. Just like in real life, answers aren’t given to us. We have to come up with them ourselves.”

Cast members include, in alphabetical order: Elizabeth Birkner, Jordan Blair, Baileeanne Brunais, Elizabeth Coady, Felicity Crowell, Dea’veon Harden-Smith, Jade Heuer, Alexander Huber, Emily Lease, Arthur McAlpine III, Madison Rohn, Madeline Trinity and Hunter Tucker. Crew members include Camden Alcorn, lights; Haley Rey, props; Alex Brandenburger, backstage crew; and Mia Wylie, stage manager.

The Hett opens for general admission seating 30 minutes before each performance begins. For more information, please contact Michelle Magnussen at (618) 537-6586. To purchase tickets, please visit